JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - On Tuesday, future physicians worked to learn more about resources and opportunities available across Region 8.
The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University celebrated DO Day in Jonesboro.
Andrea Read, the assistant dean of Academic Affairs, said it's a two-part event with students learning in Little Rock and Jonesboro.
"A celebration that we've started this year," Read said. "We have 30 students going to the state capitol to meet representatives from the state, as well as in our area, to learn about the policies that affect health care in our area."
Students in Jonesboro met local non-profit and city leaders to learn how they can get involved in Region 8.
"We feel it's important for our students to realize what's going on in the community and how they can be involved," Read said. "Our goal here at NYIT is to really improve healthcare in this area."
Mayor Harold Perrin's office presented a proclamation declaring it DO Day in the city of Jonesboro, stressing how important future physicians are to the city as well as retaining graduates to work in the area.
There were speakers from the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, Hispanic Community Services, Inc., East Arkansas Community Health Care, and the U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Services, Inc.
Read said the goal is for the students and organizations to exchange information and open opportunities for volunteering.
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